Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th May 2012 23:26 UTC
Intel Intel CEO Paul Otellini on Windows 8 x86 and Windows 8 ARM: "We have the advantage of the incumbency, advantage of the legacy support. Not just in terms of applications but devices." Yes, because the lack of their favourite Windows applications was really a massive hurdle for Apple and its ill-fated iPad effort from a few years ago. Anyone remember that thing?
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RE: Re: the iPad dig
by some1 on Fri 11th May 2012 03:16 UTC in reply to "Re: the iPad dig"
some1
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2010-10-05

Except that using existing Windows applications in tablet form factor is a pain, as Microsoft itself has learned in their numerous TabletPC attempts going back more than 10 years ago.

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RE[2]: Re: the iPad dig
by Alfman on Fri 11th May 2012 05:05 in reply to "RE: Re: the iPad dig"
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2011-01-28

Actually I would have like to own one, but the market wasn't there at the price they were demanding. Had they closed the outrageous price gap between laptops and tablets, I think the early tablet market would have succeeded.

Also, I wouldn't say they lacked really cool ideas, take courier for example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXiYtMnjAmc

It's interesting to note this was well before apple's tablet and was publically
scheduled to be available by 2009. Inside reports I've read said it was well on it's way to being a real product but was canceled for undisclosed reasons. One theory was microsoft's lack of interest in becoming a direct hardware supplier for customers and licensing disagreements with 3rd party hardware vendors. Another theory is just poor executive decision making. Either way it opened up the window :-) for apple's tablet and the rest is history.

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RE[2]: Re: the iPad dig
by Verunks on Fri 11th May 2012 08:43 in reply to "RE: Re: the iPad dig"
Verunks Member since:
2007-04-02

yeah using windows programs with touch might not be the best experience but this is not the same as old tablets where the os was just the standard windows xp with touch input added on top, it's an os optimized for touch input where you can even run legacy applications, if you need them.
For example let's say that vmware doesn't make a metro vsphere client, you can just use the windows one

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